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Berlioz - the Ultimate Romantic

Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique epitomises the romantic composer as tormented soul. Matthew Sweet looks at how cinematic portrayals of classical composers take this idea to heart.

Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique epitomises the image of romantic composer as tormented soul. Matthew Sweet looks at how cinematic portrayals of classical composers have taken this idea to heart. The programme considers screen portraits of Liszt, Grieg, Beethoven, Wagner, Paganini, Mozart and of course Berlioz himself, featuring music from 'Lisztomania', 'Song Without End', 'The Magic Bow', 'Song of Norway', 'Magic Fire', 'Immortal Beloved', Copying Beethoven', 'Ludwig', 'Whom The Gods Love', and 'Amadeus'.

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22 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Lisztomania (1975) - Rienzi/Chopsticks Fantasia

    Composer: Franz Liszt. Performer: David Wilde. Music Arranger: Rick Wakeman.
    • The Soundtrack Album of the Ken Russel Film - Lisztomania.
    • A&M Records.
    • 1.
  • Franz Liszt

    Liebesträume no.3

    Performer: Jorge Bolet.
    • DECCA : 410 257-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 3.
  • Franz Liszt

    Song Without End (1960) La Campanella (after Paganini)

    Performer: Jorge Bolet. Music Arranger: Harry Sukman.
    • DECCA : 444-851-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 5.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Song of Norway (1971) - The Song Of Norway

    Lyricist: Robert Wright. Lyricist: George Forrest. Singer: Frank Porretta. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Roland Shaw.
    • Song Of Norway - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Probe.
    • 5.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Immortal Beloved (1994) - clip

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Choir: London Voices. Conductor: Georg Solti.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Grosse Fuge, Op133

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • DECCA : 470-849-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 10.
  • Richard Wagner

    Ludwig (1973) - Tannhauser (Oh! Du Mein Holder Abendstern)

    Music Arranger: Franco Mannino. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Franco Mannino.
  • Richard Wagner

    Magic Fire (1955) - Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Performance - Montage

    Music Arranger: Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Alois Melichar.
    • Magic Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • Varèse Sarabande.
    • 11.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Magic Flute (Act 2 "Ein Madchen Oder Weibchen")

    Singer: Simon Keenleyside. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Conductor: Ulf Schirmer.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Amadeus (1984) Salieri's March turned into Non Più Andrai

    Music Arranger: Simon Preston.
    • Amadeus (Original Soundtrack Recording - Special Edition: The Director's Cut).
    • Fantasy.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 25 In G Minor

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • 1.


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